Elected Officials


The Mifflin Township Board of Trustees has legislative authority within the township, overseeing the care and maintenance of each department. Working closely with the trustees is the fiscal officer who is independent of township trustees and is responsible for keeping accurate records of all accounts, transactions, budgets and proceedings of the township.

Township Trustees

Kevin Cavener, Chair

Kevin Cavener began his career in service after his election to a term which began in January 2018. He is a long-time resident of Gahanna, having lived in the community for 22 years. Cavener is a third-generation firefighter, having retired from the fire service after 37 years, 30 of those with the Columbus Division of Fire. Cavener is a graduate of the Columbus Fire Academy.

Richard Angelou, Vice Chair

A resident since 1971, Richard Angelou began his work in public service when he was appointed to the Mifflin Township Board of Trustees in 1994. He has been elected to serve each subsequent term since. Angelou is a former history and government teacher, having retired from Whitehall City Schools after 28 years. He was also the city of Gahanna’s first Parks and Recreation Director from 1967 to 1971. Angelou is a graduate of Capital University and The Ohio State University.

Jamie Leeseberg, Trustee

Jamie Leeseberg is a 17-year resident of the community. He was appointed as Trustee in April of 2024. Leeseberg is a registered Engineer and Surveyor with over 30 years of experience. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo.



Kelly Cararo, Fiscal Officer

Being sworn in on July 3, 2024, Kelly Cararo begins her work in public service.

Kelly has lived in Gahanna since the age of seven, when her parents, Jim and Diane Lee, moved them here. A graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Dominican College (now University), earned her CPA license, and has continued to work in accounting ever since. Kelly currently works full-time as CFO for Tacoma Energy in Westerville.

Township Trustees duties

According to Ohio Revised Code, townships have three elected trustees who each serve four-year terms. Trustees have legislative authority in a township. They oversee the care and maintenance of township roads; create police districts; provide fire protection; manage cemeteries; establish and operate parks and recreation departments; regulate zoning; and authorize waste disposal. Other trustee responsibilities, include conducting bi-monthly meetings, approving resolutions relative to township business, providing for the general welfare of the township, and maintaining records of all township activities.

Fiscal Officer duties

The township fiscal officer is an elected official who is independent of township trustees but works closely with the board, particularly as it relates to fiscal matters. The fiscal officer is responsible for keeping accurate records of all accounts, transactions, budgets and proceedings of the township. The Ohio Auditor of State sends staff members every two years to audit the records of fiscal officers, provide checks and balances, and ensure compliance with laws.

To learn more about duties and responsibilities of township’s elected officials, visit the Ohio Township Association’s website


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